Popcorn News – Aug. 30

James Spader (Boston Legal, The Practice) has been cast as the robot character Ultron in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Joss Whedon written and directed sequel will open in theaters on May 1, 2015. (Marvel)

The Michigan Film Office has officially announced that the upcoming Superman/Batman movie will shoot in the Detroit metro area as well as in other areas of Michigan. Production of the new film is expected to start in the first quarter of 2014. (SuperHeroHype)

Veronica Mars and Party Down creator Rob Thomas and actor/writer Graham Norris are working on a primetime contemporary drama inspired by Les Misérables. The show will not actually have anything to do with the musical, much like ABC’s Revenge drew its inspiration from Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. The story follows a lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. Currently their deal at FOX only involves a script commitment. (Deadline)

The poster for director Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is now online. The film stars Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Sean Penn. (Comingsoon.net)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty poster

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has revealed that he is currently writing the Arrested Development movie and hopes to make another season of the TV show as well. Hurwitz said, “I’m working on the movie right now. I can’t get into too much detail because I don’t want to scare anybody off. I don’t want to be presumptuous about it. I don’t own the property outright – it’s a 20th Century Fox property. But everybody seems really into it and really eager to make a movie.” He added, “A TV season is a six-month commitment. But I think it would be very doable to get them [the cast] together for four or five weeks to make a movie.” (Rolling Stone)

Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul, Sir Ben Kingsley and John Turturro are joing Ridley Scott’s Moses epic, Exodus. Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton have already been cast in the film which is scripted by Steve Zailian. (Ain’t It Cool)

FilmDistrict announced that they will bring “The Ultimate Insidious Experience” to select theaters around the U.S. on September 12. The one-night event will be a double feature of Insidious and Insidious Chapter 2. (ShockTillYouDrop)

David Green (Echo) has replaced Barry Sonnenfeld as director for the adaptation of the IDW graphic novel, Lore, by Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise. The sci-fi actioneer currently has Dwayne Johnson attached to star, permitting his schedule is open. The story tells of a secret society of shepherds that has long held the line on the encroachment of mythological creatures and when that line is severed, a woman finds herself responsible for stopping the creatures’ return. (Hollywood Reporter)

The X-Files creator Chris Carter recently talked about a potential for a third X-Files film, “I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonization date has passed and that is something we wouldn’t ignore. For the second movie, we only had a budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology.” He also commented on who he would want to add to the cast of the third film, “Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.” (Empire)

A new still from Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills has been released online. The photo features Sofia Vergara and Spy Kids veteran Alexa Vega as their characters in the movie. (Movie Fanatic)

Sofia Vergara and Alexa Vega in Machete Kills

The trailer for We Are What We Are is now online. The atmospheric horror thriller garned a lot of buzz at Sundance and will open in select theaters on September 27.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on @monsterpopcorn

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